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responsibility as opposed to the republican plan which provides another tax break wind fall to very wealthy people at the end of everybody else. the expense of the middle class, the expense of commitments to seniors. so our focus right now is to number one, do no harm to the economy. number two, invest in a jobs plan that will help put people back to work. whether building roads or bridges or infrastructure or other things important to our economy. >> why will it take until 2040 to balance the budget under your plan? >> well, if you actually look at the past 40 years, we've only had four balanced budgets. those were during the clinton years and once leaning over to the bush years and then they squandered that balance. so the reason we do that is our focus is on jobs, craig. our focus is on meeting our commitments to seniors. we will not balance the budget on the backs of our kids' education or on the backs of our commitments to seniors. whether it is under medicare or medicaid. what we do is immediately begin to reduce the deficit so they're growing much slower than the economy. which is th
. you can only solve it, the only real approach is the combination of fiscal discipline. there is no tax increase in the world that will solve our long term debt problem. >> senior political editor mark murray joins me live now from cpac. a few moments ago, i understand, senator rand paul was on the stage behind you. is he still going? >> reporter: they are still going. there is a panel right now as you mentioned. the two big speeches this afternoon from florida senator marco rubio as well as rand paul. both of those people are seen as potential 2016 republicans and that's why we're watching them here. they end up getting a big applause from the conservatives in the audience. both about equal applause. marco rubio was talking about his focus on the middle class and he responded to a lot of liberal critics by saying, the republican party doesn't need new ideas. the idea is the american people. on the other hand, you end up having rand paul who ended up saying the republican party needed a change and change in a way, ad hearing mort to the constitution. taking up the charges his father had
, if they agree to raise taxes in any broad budget deal with the president, they should expect to face challengers from the party's right wing in the next primary elections. if you believe that president obama has done his part by reaching out, can republicans, can they reciprocate without getting blowback from the far right? >> republicans feel that they have reciprocated. that they've made some movement toward president obama, that they gave him revenue as part of that fiscal cliff deal, that last round of brinksmanship they had here in washington. they feel they've done their part and want to see president obama begin to move on entitlements, to really ask his party, his own party to make some sacrifices. of course, president obama and the democrats see that very differently. but that helps explain why it is so hard to get any progress toward a grand bargain. >> chris, i know you've been following all that is happening at cpac very closely. we just heard from steve deace a few moments ago. he said just to paraphrase, if they had a rubio, if they had a rand paul/rubio ticket, all would be right
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